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In This Report, You’ll Learn
How poor families pay high costs for basic needs.
Recommendations for reducing the high cost of being poor.
Why frontline workers serving vulnerable families need more support.
An overview of Casey’s Human Services Workforce Initiative.
This issue of
Casey Connects examines how America’s working poor pay more for staples and shares the Foundation’s recommendations for eliminating the devastating surcharge. Smaller stories introduce the Foundation’s multiyear Human Services Workforce Initiative and spotlight Casey-celebrated movers and shakers. Table of Contents
The goal: Level the affordability playing field to help America’s working poor not just scrape by, but succeed
The Casey Foundation supports 4 moves to help reduce the high cost of being poor: 1) encouraging retailers to locate in low-income communities; 2) providing education on and access to financial services that build assets and boost credit; 3) enforcing stronger regulatory reforms; and 4) reinforcing policies that protect earnings and savings.
Findings & Stats
No Competitive Edge
One reason low-income families pay more? Mainstream retailers and banks that offer competitive prices are often absent from poor communities.
Car owners with lower incomes are commonly charged higher rates for financing and insurance based on their zip codes and credit histories.
Too many of America’s 3 million human services workers are under-supported, overworked and leaving the field after 2 years or less
Statements & Quotations
For low-income families, it costs more simply to participate in the workforce, purchase basic goods and secure reasonably priced financial services — things most Americans take for granted.
– Douglas W. Nelson, Annie E. Casey Foundation president and CEO from 1990-2010
Unfortunately, it often takes a tragic event — such as the death of a child or some other incident that rivets public attention — to spur change.
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